Fire engulfs a vacant barn in Stow as lightning from afternoon storms was reported in the area

STOW, Mass. — Firefighters from at nine towns played a role in helping to fight a barn fire in Stow on Saturday.

The fire followed reports of lightning strikes in the area as storms rolled through during the afternoon. A picture posted by the Stow Fire Department shows the vacant barn near Athens Street and Hudson Road engulfed in flames. It’s still unclear if the lighting was the cause of the fire.

Firefighters from eight towns provided help to the Stow Department. The fire broke out around 3:30 p.m. Crews were first sent out to respond to reports of smoke in the area.

The 80 x 100 foot, two-story barn was down a long driveway, about two thousand feet from the nearest water source, which created a challenge for crews who had to bring in tankers filled with water to try to put out the flames.

One firefighter was treated at the scene for an injury.

Crews from Maynard, Hudson, Bolton, Lancaster, Clinton, Boxborough, Sudbury, and Berlin helped in the battle.

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